From The Grassroots
N. Manoharan
SRI LANKA IN THE MODERN AGE: A HISTORY by Nira Wickramasinghe Oxford University Press, New Delhi,, 2015, 443 pp., 995
December 2015, volume 39, No 12

As David Thelen said the main ‘challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present.’ This recovery and introduction is being done by historical writing, which is one variety of written expression that seeks to inform and persuade the reader through the use of evidence organized around a central thesis or argument. Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History recounts the modern history of Sri Lanka, starting from colonial times to the present, a story of about two centuries.

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